Raiders rookie D.J. Hayden cleared for contact

By JOSH DUBOW - AP Sports Writer
    2013-08-17 20:51

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Raiders first-round cornerback D.J. Hayden has been cleared for contact and will practice without limitations for the first time since a near-fatal heart injury almost ended his career last November.

That news couldn't come at a better time for the Raiders.

Starting cornerback Tracy Porter injured his groin Friday night and will likely be sidelined this week and the rest of the defense failed to stop Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints' first-team offense even once.

Brees led the Saints to scores on all five drives he played in a 28-20 exhibition victory Friday night as Oakland was once again unable to generate any pressure on the quarterback.

``He's gone through a lot,'' coach Dennis Allen said Saturday. ``It will be good to get him in a game situation and let him get out there and play. We brought him to New Orleans with us this week. We let him go through the pregame warm-up just to try to get that feel about being back out on the field again. He's anxious and excited about getting an opportunity to play this week.''

Hayden has been brought along slowly after a practice collision with a teammate in college at Houston last November nearly ended his life.

Hayden was rushed into surgery for a tear of the inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. Doctors had to cut through Hayden's sternum to save him. The injury is 95 percent fatal in the field, according to doctors, and is most commonly associated with high-speed motor vehicle accidents.

Hayden worked his way back to health and was cleared by doctors before the draft. The Raiders selected him 12th overall and expressed confidence that the injury would not limit his NFL career.

Hayden took part in rookie minicamp in May before needing surgery in the first week of OTAs to repair abdominal scarring. Hayden missed the rest of the offseason program and was not cleared for contact until Friday.

``Obviously, nobody knows how he's going to respond when that happens,'' Allen said. ``He's been very good as far as practice has been concerned. We're having to hold him back. He wants to do more and do more. From that standpoint I think he has the right mindset going into this thing. I think it will be a great opportunity for him to go out there and play this week and get his first game action under his belt.''

While his return will be welcomed, he won't do much to improve a struggling pass rush. Brees picked apart Oakland's defense with ease while leading the Saints to two touchdowns and three field goals on five drives. He completed 14 of 18 passes for 202 yards and was barely touched by Oakland's depleted front seven.

Brees hit rookie Nick Toon on a 56-yard deep ball to set up the first touchdown and had nearly 10 seconds in the pocket to find Kenny Stills on a 16-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter.

After generating little pressure on Dallas' Tony Romo in the exhibition opener, the Raiders fared little better against Brees and the Saints. Oakland is missing starting defensive end Lamarr Houston and tackles Pat Sims and Vance Walker.

``Obviously it's a concern,'' Allen said. ``We've had two games where we really haven't been able to get after the passer, specifically with four people. So, that's something that we got to continue to look at.''

Houston is expected to play this week and Allen is hopeful Walker could be back but Sims is unlikely to be able to practice because of a hamstring injury.

Seven players besides Porter came out of that game with injuries with the most significant being a shoulder injury to tight end David Ausberry, who is expected to miss the rest of the preseason

Ausberry is in a battle to become Oakland's starting tight end after the offseason departure of Brandon Myers. Third-year pro Richard Gordon has gotten the most time with the first team but is mostly a blocker. Draft picks Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera have failed to shine so far, while Jeron Mastrud has shown some good skills blocking and caught one pass in the game.


Online: AP NFL website www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Nick FolesNov 29 12:33p

Confirming previous reports, St. Louis Rams QB Nick Foles will start against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12, with QB Case Keenum (concussion) still recovering from a concussion.

Jarvis LandryNov 29 12:13p

Miami Dolphins WRs Jarvis Landry (knee) and Rishard Matthews (illness) are both officially active for Week 12's game against the New York Jets.

Rishard MatthewsNov 29 12:13p

Miami Dolphins WRs Jarvis Landry (knee) and Rishard Matthews (illness) are both officially active for Week 12's game against the New York Jets.

Marcus EasleyNov 29 12:03p

The Buffalo Bills have declared OT Cyrus Kouandjio, OG John Miller, QB Josh Johnson, DL Kyle Williams, WR Marcus Easley, DL Mario Williams, OG Ryan Groy inactive for Week 12.

A. Seferian-JenkinsNov 29 12:03p

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have declared OG Ali Marpet, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, WR Donteea Dye, DL George Johnson, CB Keith Tandy, DL Kourtnei Brown, QB Ryan W. Griffin inactive for Week 12.

Garrett GraysonNov 29 12:03p

The New Orleans Saints have declared CB Damian Swann, LB Dannell Ellerbe, LB David Hawthorne, QB Garrett Grayson, DT Kaleb Eulls, OG Mike McGlynn, DL Phillip Hunt inactive for Week 12.

Phillip DorsettNov 29 12:03p

The Indianapolis Colts have declared QB Andrew Luck, OT Anthony Castonzo, LB Bjoern Werner, FS Mike Adams, WR Phillip Dorsett, LB Sio Moore, OG Todd Herremans inactive for Week 12.

Larry DonnellNov 29 12:03p

The New York Giants have declared SS Cooper Taylor, DL George Selvie, WR Geremy Davis, OT Justin Pugh, TE Larry Donnell, CB Leon McFadden, OG Weston Richburg inactive for Week 12.

Jake StoneburnerNov 29 12:03p

The Miami Dolphins have declared TE Brandon D. Williams, DL Chris McCain, OT Ja'Wuan James, TE Jake Stoneburner, LB James-Michael Johnson, WR Matt Hazel, OT Ulrick John inactive for Week 12.

D.J. FlukerNov 29 11:53a

The San Diego Chargers have declared S Adrian Phillips, LB Cordarro Law, OT D.J. Fluker, DL Damion Square, CB Greg Ducre, LB Kavell Conner, OT King Dunlap inactive for Week 12.

Harrison SmithNov 29 11:53a

The Minnesota Vikings have declared LB Edmond Robinson, FS Harrison Smith, OT Jeremiah Sirles, DL Justin Trattou, OT Nick Easton, QB Taylor Heinicke, CB Trae Waynes inactive for Week 12.

Matt BryantNov 29 11:53a

The Atlanta Falcons have declared OT Bryce Harris, RB Devonta Freeman, C James Stone, WR Leonard Hankerson, DL Malliciah Goodman, PK Matt Bryant, CB Phillip Adams inactive for Week 12.

Greg ZuerleinNov 29 11:53a

The St. Louis Rams have declared OT Andrew Donnal, QB Case Keenum, DL Ethan Westbrooks, PK Greg Zuerlein, OT Isaiah Battle, DL Robert Quinn, CB Trumaine Johnson inactive for Week 12.

Dexter McClusterNov 29 11:53a

The Tennessee Titans have declared NT Al Woods, WR Andrew Turzilli, CB Cody Riggs, DL Derrick Morgan, RB Dexter McCluster, OT Jeremiah Poutasi, DL Mike Martin inactive for Week 12.

Mario AlfordNov 29 11:53a

The Cincinnati Bengals have declared TE C.J. Uzomah, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, DT Marcus Hardison, DL Margus Hunt, WR Mario Alford, DL Pat Sims, LB Paul Dawson inactive for Week 12.

Charcandrick WestNov 29 11:43a

The Kansas City Chiefs have declared QB Aaron Murray, DL Allen Bailey, OG Ben Grubbs, RB Charcandrick West, DL David King, WR De'Anthony Thomas, DL Dee Ford inactive for Week 12.

Taiwan JonesNov 29 11:43a

The Oakland Raiders have declared TE Gabe Holmes, DB Keith McGill, OT Khalif Barnes, LB Neiron Ball, WR Rod Streater, C Rodney Hudson, RB Taiwan Jones inactive for Week 12.

R. Griffin IIINov 29 11:43a

The Washington Redskins have declared OG Arie Kouandjio, CB Deshazor Everett, DL Frank Kearse, TE Je'Ron Hamm, LB Keenan Robinson, QB Robert Griffin III, SS Trenton Robinson inactive for Week 12.

Bernard PierceNov 29 11:43a

The Jacksonville Jaguars have declared RB Bernard Pierce, SS Craig Loston, LB Dan Skuta, RB Joe Banyard, C Luke Bowanko, DT Michael Z. Bennett, WR Neal Sterling inactive for Week 12.

Jaelen StrongNov 29 11:43a

The Houston Texans have declared CB A.J. Bouye, QB Brandon Weeden, TE Garrett Graham, WR Jaelen Strong, DL Jeoffrey Pagan, OT Oday Aboushi, FS Rahim Moore inactive for Week 12.

Michael FloydNov 29 10:53a

Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 12's game against the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source.

Zach HockerNov 29 04:13a

St. Louis Rams TE Justice Cunningham was cut by the team Saturday, Nov. 28, to make room for PK Zach Hocker on the active roster.

Michael WilliamsNov 28 08:23p

New England Patriots TE Michael Williams (knee) has been ruled out against the Denver Broncos in Week 12.

Danny AmendolaNov 28 07:43p

New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) has been ruled out for Week 12.

Jamie CollinsNov 28 07:43p

New England Patriots LB Jamie Collins (illness) has been downgraded to out for Week 12 against the Denver Broncos.

Bryce BrownNov 28 04:43p

Seattle Seahawks RB Bryce Brown was released Saturday, Nov. 28.

Nick FolesNov 28 02:43p

St. Louis Rams QB Nick Foles is expected to start in Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals with QB Case Keenum (concussion) still recovering from a concussion, according to a source.

Zach HockerNov 28 02:23p

Free-agent PK Zach Hocker (Saints) is signing with the St. Louis Rams Saturday, Nov. 28, incase PK Greg Zuerlein (groin) is unable to play, according to a source.

Greg ZuerleinNov 28 02:23p

Free-agent PK Zach Hocker (Saints) is signing with the St. Louis Rams Saturday, Nov. 28, incase PK Greg Zuerlein (groin) is unable to play, according to a source.

Spencer WareNov 28 11:03a

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware will have a role on offense against the Buffalo Bills in Week 12 even if RB Charcandrick West (hamstring) is able to play.

Travis KelceNov 27 07:43p

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ankle) tweaked his ankle in practice Friday, Nov. 27, but head coach Andy Reid thinks Kelce will be fine for Week 12 against the Buffalo Bills.

Danny AmendolaNov 27 07:33p

New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) was limited in practice for the second straight day Friday, Nov. 27, and is questionable for Week 12 against the Denver Broncos.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
Player Notes:
Forum Posts:

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group